PDP Chairman, Bamanga Tukur
By Chuks Okocha
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has written to the Independent National Elec-toral Commission (INEC) over the 10 states where the commission declared that the conducts of state congresses were flawed.
Also, the party said it supported the resolution of the House of Representatives which insisted that local government elections should be conducted and administered through elected officials and not by appointments.
INEC had written three separate letters to PDP insisting that the state congresses in Sokoto, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Lagos, Yobe, Anambra and Katisna States were not conducted through laid down processes and in line with guidelines of the party.
In one of the letters by INEC and signed by the Secretary to the commission, Alhaji Abduallhi Kagama, he said: “The commission wishes to put your party on notice that unless the congresses in the affected states are rescheduled and conducted in accordance with PDP constitution and guidelines, only statutory delegates from the nine states listed above would be able to participate in the PDP national convention scheduled to hold on March 24 2012.”
And in the latest letter, the commission warned that it would have nothing to do with the affected states, unless the flawed congresses are conducted fresh. In fact in utter disobedience to INEC, the National Vice-Chairman of PDP in the North-east, Senator Girgir Lawan, had inaugurated the Yobe State party executive which was alleged to be flawed, claiming that he did not receive any correspondence from the national secretariat of the party.
In response to INEC’s directive, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metu, said the National Working Committee (NWC) of PDP met last week and wrote to INEC to acknowledge the receipt of the commission’s letter.
According to him, “the NWC of PDP met and has written to acknowledge the three letters from INEC on the flawed congresses in the identified ten states. Our position to INEC is that we are still studying the reports of the convention to appropriately see where the flawed congresses.”
“We accept that INEC is doing its constitutional duties of monitoring the affairs of the political parties and therefore by replying the INEC letter to PDP, we are saying that we accept INEC role to see that things are constitutionally done. By the time, we conclude the study of the convention report, we shall reply INEC to disclose our findings.”
On the none conduct of local government elections in some state as identified by the House of Representatives, Metu said: “It is constitutionally stated that the local government as a tier of government must be administered by the duly elected officials, not appointed Caretaker Chairmen.”
He said the party would met with some of the governors of the states that are governed by PDP to ascertain why they were unable to conduct local government elections, stating, “it is after this that we know why they cannot be able to conduct local government election and see how the party can assist them. The local government councils must be administered by the elected officials and we support the House of Representatives in this observed constitutional breaches by the various states.”